(REUTERS) - Engineers Mexico are keeping pace with the latest advances in wearable technology.
The jacket is equipped with a series of sensors that gather data on the users heart rate and body temperature as well as performance info like calorie burn and distance. That data is fed to microprocessor which then relays it to a smartphone via a bluethooth connection.
That functionality allows runners to maximize their performance. Garcia says his team used a waterproof breathable fabric that protects the electronics while keeping the runner comfortable.
"We designed several versions of the jacket until we came up with a design that could cover the electronics throughout the human body. A jacket with laser printed water-proof material that allows for holes so that the person running is able to keep cool."
Garcia says the jacket is constantly charging thanks to a thin layer of solar panels situated on the runners back. The engineers have already commercialized the design and plan to start filling orders early next year.